Smart MRFs: Retrofitting Facilities for the Future (WasteExpo 2021)

July 22, 2021

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and the recycling industry, AI-powered robotic sorters have gotten a lot of attention, but they are just the beginning of the industrialization of today’s materials recovery facility (MRF). The real innovation isn’t the robots picking recyclables out of the waste stream; it’s the technology behind them. This technology is helping to industrialize and automate the recycling process, leading to improvements in MRF design, operational efficiency, recovery, system optimization, maintenance and more. In this session, attendees will learn how the robot has evolved over the years, how to leverage advances in AI to drive performance in their systems, the impacts automation and system architecture have on processing costs and how adding smart technologies to your facilities can help you better manage the ever-changing recycling stream.

Brad Austin, Director of Operations, MCSWMA-RECYCLE 906
Chris Hawn, Chief Executive Officer, Machinex
Justin Rice, President, Midwest Recycling Services & Sales, Inc.
Thomas Brooks, Chief Technology Officer, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

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